Masculinity, Social Connectedness, and Mental Health (2 CE)
Number of Credits: 2
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, LMFTs, and Counselors
Course By: Tamara Avery, PsyD
Content By: McKenzie, S. K., Collings, S., Jenkin, G. & River, J. (2018). Masculinity, social connectedness, and mental health: Men’s diverse patterns of practice. American Journal of Men’s Health, 12(5), 1247-1261. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988318772732
Course Description: Men’s mental health is underreported and undertheorized, particularly in terms of the gendered nature of men’s social relations. Past literature is scarce when attempting to understand men’s social support networks or how men go about seeking or mobilizing social support. Understanding the gendered nature of men’s social connections and how the interplay between masculinity and men’s social connections can impact men’s mental health is necessary. In the study, researchers found that while some men differentiated between their social connections with men and women, others experienced difficulties in mobilizing support from existing connections. Overall, the findings suggest that patterns of social connectedness among men are diverse, challenging the social science literature that frames all men’s social relationships as being largely instrumental, and men as less able and less interested than women in building emotional and supportive relationships with others.
- Identify the aim of the study and the methods related to masculinity and social connectedness as examined in the article.
- Analyze the data by exploring the statistical tests used in conjunction with the discussed findings.
- Integrate the study limitations with the identified areas of future research.
- Generalize the possibility and/or plausibility of applying the 4 patterns of social connectedness to men’s mental well-being.
- Read and understand Masculinity, Social Connectedness, and Mental Health: Men’s Diverse Patterns of Practice.
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives.
- Consider the factors related to gender relations, social support, and mental health coupled with the statistical findings from the accompanying article.
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article.
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the relationship between masculinity, social connectedness, and gender relations among men.
|Board Approvals||American Psychological Association (APA), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), NBCC, Florida Board - Social Work, MFT, Counseling, and Psychology, NYSED - Social Work, MFT and Counseling Only, American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders|
|CE Format||Online, Text-Based|